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their 90s were the precursors of the modern day cia. the legislation will now head right to the president's desk for his signature. that's it for "the lead." i'm jim sciutto. we turn you over to wolf blitzer who is in "the situation room." happening now, breaking new, dr trumpeting the deal, donald trump it is playing his classic off the cuff style as he visits carrier plant in indianapolis. he explains how he personally intervened to get the company to keep the jobs in the united states, but what did he promise carrier in return? the road show. donald trump and mike pence kicking off what they call a thank you tour of rallies celebrating their etorie
thank you tour of rallies celebrating their etorilectorkc victory. and trump has chosen james mattis for defense secretary. he's highly decorated and well-known. why will congress have to pass special legislation in order to get him confirmed? and state of the putin. russian president vladimir putin gives his state of the nation speech to lawmakers and signals he's ready to cooperate with donald trump on what putin calls an equal and mutually beneficial basis. is putin being sign sencere or trying to manipulate the president-elect? i'm wolf blitzer and you're in "the situation room." we're following breaking news. president-elect donald trump is on the road tonight about to hold his first large scale event since winning the white house. trump will be speaking soon to supporters at a rally in cincinnati. first of what he's dubbed a thank you tour. and it looks like he may be seeing the classic -- all of us
may be seeing the classic unscripted trump whose raucous rallies upended the presidential campaign. just a short while ago, the president-elect was speaking off the cuff at a carrier plant in indianapolis touting his successful effort to convince the company to think about 1,000 jobs there instead of moving them to mexico in exchange for tax incentives. trump warned there will be consequences for companies that move jobs outside the united states. also breaking this hour, cnn has learned that donald trump is picking retired marine corps general james mattis as his nominee for defense secretary, that according to a source with knowledge of the transaction. and an official announcement is expected early next week. we're also following vladimir putin's state of the nation speech to russian lawmakers. without naming donald trump, putin says he's prepared to cooperate with the new u.s. administration and to normalize relations. but putin added it must be what he calls an equal and mutually beneficial basis. we're covering all that and much
more this hour with our guests, including congressman ted yoho and our correspondents are also standing by. let's begin with jim acosta. he's in cincinnati. jim, trump's thank you rally where you are getting ready to kick off fairly soon. update our viewers. >> reporter: that's right. donald trump will be here in cincinnati within a couple of hours to kick off what the transition is calling a thank you tour, his first rally style speech since winning the white house. t his aides say the deal with carrier is just the beginning. after an election that divided the nation and weeks, donald trump ran the feel good victory lap he's been seeking. >> these companies won't be leaving anymore. they won't be taking people's hearts out. >> reporter: trump toured the carrier furnace factory in indiana that he had railed against during the campaign when
the plant announced it was shipping jobs to mexico, a move he vowed to block. >> and do you know what is going to happen? they're not going to move. >> reporter: now under a deal brokered by trump and vice president elect mike pence who pulled some strings as indiana's governor, carrier is instead receiving $7 million in state tax breaks over ten years saving 1,000 jobs at the factory. but still allowing 600 positions to head south of the border. >> the goodwill that you have engendered by doing this all over the world frankly, but within our country, you watch how fast you will make it up. because so many people are going to be buying carrier air conditioners. >> reporter: while his aides tout the agreement as a big win, it's the kind of deal trump once blasted about. >> we give them a little here, low interest loans. you don't have to do that. too complicated or corruption could be involved. >> reporter: bernie sanders warned of unintended consequences writing trump has
endangered the jobs of workers who were previously safe in the united states. why? because he has signaled to every cooperation in america that they can threaten to offshore jobs in exchange for business friendly tax benefits and incentives. house speaker paul ryan asked why fuss. >> i'm pretty happy we're keeping be jobs will in the country. aren't you? >> reporter: trump is setting a meeting with heitkamp who is under consideration for energy secretary which would throw her senate seat into a special election. all of it a mystery the senator says. >> i have no idea. honestly. you know as much as i know. >> reporter: one key democrat senator elizabeth warren cautions she's not ready to work with trump given what she's seen so far. >> if donald trump wants to run an administration based on bigotry and he p wants to follow through on trickle down economics, run an economy that only works for those at the top and isn't work for anyone else,
then i can't help. >> reporter: but trump is celebrating holding a rally in ohio to thank voters for his victory, the sort of venue the president-elect relishes. >> anyplace more fun to be than a trump rally? >> reporter: newt gingrich's advice? don't utter the words mitt romney who he accused of sucking up to trump for the job evof secretary of state. >> it will be interesting to watch a trump crowd respond because it would not be pretty. >> reporter: and cnn has learned that president-elect trump has tapped retired marine general james mattis to be his next defense secretary. mattis, who was the chief of centcom would need a waiver from congress because he has been on active duty within the last seven years. something that the law says he cannot be on in order to be in line for secretary of defense. but we should point out that the trump transition team, a spokesman just tweeted in the last several minutes that no
final decision has been made on the position of secretary of again defense. >> so we'll see what happens. but it looks like he has that job all lined up. thanks very much jim acosta. let's get more on donald trump's tour of that carrier plant in indianapolis. suzanne malveaux is on the screen for us in that was a classic unscripted trump moment as he explained the deal to keep at least some jobs here in the united states. >> reporter: it really was unscripted. he was subdued at times, very relaxed and a little self-deprecating. he did not use a teleprompter, he did tour the plant on the floor getting a wild applause from that group and then during his speech, he actually told a very funny story about the fact that he didn't even remember making a pledge to keep these jobs here at home for care yerk but he saw a news report and worker saying that that was a promise, a pledge that he made. so trump picked up the phone of
the parent company ceo of united technologies and started making a deal, started talking to him so that they would save about 1100 jobs. and donald trump explained it as a different kind of leadership. >> doing speeches, they say it's not presidential to call up these massive leaders of business. i think it's very presidential. and if it's not presidential, that's okay. because i actually like doing it. but we'll have a lot of great people that can do it and do it as well as i do it. but we'll have a lot of phone calls made to companies when they say they are thinking about leaving this country because they're not going to leave and the workers will keep their jobs. and they can leave from state to state and they can negotiate good deals with the different states and all of that, but leaving the country will be very, very difficult. >> reporter: and i talked really about carrots and sticks. one of them of course heavy taxes if they were on leave the
country. but if they were to stay, to look the at p an easing of regulations as well as lower taxing for these businesses. and i have to tell you, i talked to a lot of people after this speech, people in tears very emotional, a 42-year-old woman with two teenagers, been at the plant for 21 years. her father for 44 years. saying this has saved and changed her life. an african-american gentleman who is no big fan of trump's says he's not a trump supporter or even a supporter of politicians, started at this plant 11 years ago, it put him through college and he said for months if has been luke a walking funeral and today finally the sun came out. >> for those 1,000 people, it certainly did. they will continue to work, continue to pay taxes at the same time if they have lost their job, government would have had to start providing unemployment for them. so it's a win certainly in this case. thanks very much, suzanne malveaux. let's get more on the breaking news. ted yoho of florida is joining
us, key member of the house foreign affairs committee. thanks very much for joining us. >> thanks for having me on and happy post-thanksgiving. >> you as well. i want to talk about the carrier deal but let me get your reaction to the news cnn has now confirmed that general mattis will be nominated as the next defense secretary of the united states. your reaction. >> my reaction is i think this is a great nomination. this sends a signal that somebody strong is going to be representing this country in that position. the thing i've noticed over the four years i've been here is that we've lost our credibility. and will this comes from ambassadors coming in talking to me. and they said you guys have lost your goodwill in so many places around the world. and what we have seen is that you draw red lines, you step away from them. and we don't know -- our allies don't know if they can trust us or depend on us and our enemies don't fear or respect us. i don't want anybody to fear us,
but they should respect what we say and general mattis says what he means and i think will back it up. >> he's former head of the u.s. military central command, spent a lot of time in the middle east, south asia, north africa, so he knows that region obviously very well. so assuming he is confirmed, and you have to pass special legislation to even get him to that confirmation since he hasn't been off active duty for seven year, you will have the general as a defense secretary, general as the president's national security adviser, retired lieutenant general mike flynn. does this mean that david petraeus has been removed as possible secretary of state? how many generals does he p want in those key slots? >> i don't know. we'll see how this jockeys out. i'm sure there will be a position for him because he's served this nation very honorably and i think you will maybe see him in an advisory role. i can't answer that because i don't know. >> are you worried about too many generals in the key national security positions is this because a lot of people say
you have to have some civilian leadership. >> we will have that. we have that at the top and you have congress here, too. and i don't think i'm too worried about too many generals because at the state of where we are now with our foreign policy, it's like a broken compass. we need people with good guidance, strong military background that can ease our foreign policy back to where it needs to be to where we gain the credibility and solve some of the conflicts around the world that has run amok here in the last 11 to 15 years. >> does general petraeus's criminal record, pleaded guilty to lying, mishandling classified information, for all practical purpose, the president would have to pardon him in order for him to become secretary of state because right now he has to report to a probation officer. does any of that worry you? >> it doesn't worry me, but you're right, he would have to go through the pardon mechanism and then he would have to be vetted about if he gets an upper
level position. and let the process work out. if not, he can be an advisory. and i look forward to building on his information and his background. >> let's talk about the carrier decision. as you saw, the president-elect visited the carrier plant today in indianapolis doing a victory lap of sorts, keeping more than 1,000 jobs in indiana. do you think we should expect more of this from donald trump making these types of deals, visiting factors, squeezing these american companies to keep jobs here in the united states? >> i think you're going to see a lot of this. and i don't know if i'd say it's squeezing them. i think it's enticing them. and you look at all these companies that have left american shores. it's because of our tax policy, regulations and mandates. the biggest thing we want, we want to invite all companies here, but especially american companies. bring them back and have them stay here and create american
jobs. i think this is great win for america and this is before donald trump has been sworn in and i think this is a very strong sign of things to come. and i heard somebody say this is not presidential for him to call people. i think this is exactly what we need to do. to send that strong signal that we're here, we want you here, we like your company. we want you in this country to create american jobs. and i think it's a great signal. >> as you know, the president-elect addressed some of the criticism of the deal in the speech at indianapolis. senator bernie sanders who campaigned very much on the same issues opposing a lot of the free trade agreements, he said this. quote, trump has endangered the jobs of workers who were previously safe in the united states. why? because he has signaled to every corporation in america that they can threaten to offshore jobs in exchange for business friendly tax benefits and incentives. even corporations that weren't thinking of offshoring jobs will most probably be reevaluating their stance this morning and who would pay for the high cost
for tax cut that is go to the richest businessmen in america? the working class of america. do you believe senator sanders has a fair point? >> not at all. i think he has sour grapes. this company was going to leave. how many more companies do you want to see leave before somebody intervenes? i want to entice those companies to stay here. think of the money to the economy with a company that stays here and its 11 jobs that carrier will remain in this country. those people will spend money in their local communities.ountry. those people will spend money in their local communities. carrier will donate to different charities, support little league and different basketball teams. and i'm excited because like i said, he hasn't been sworn in yet. this is just the beginning. can you imagine when he has the office of the president and he's sworn in and doing this daily? this is going to make america great again, but it will make it strong not just economicit itye
but it will rebuild our infrastructure. this is a great thing and i'm excited about it. >> and i know those 1,000 workers in indianapolis and families are pleased, as well. congressman, we have a lot more to discuss. we'll continue the conversation in a hospital. if oser look at geico... geico has a long history of great savings and great service. over seventy-five years. wait. seventy-five years? that is great. speaking of great, check out these hot riffs. you like smash mouth? uh, yeah i have an early day tomorrow so... wait. almost there. goodnight, bruce. gotta tune the "a." (humming) take a closer look at geico. great savings. and a whole lot more.
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. >> is that the right tone to strike right now with pakistan? >> i think it is. i think we need to have a reset in all of our foreign policy. wolf, i've been here no four years and it's like johnny depp's compass. it is a broken foreign policy. people don't know are we stand and i think you need to start building these relationships. and i know what president putin said. he looks forward to working. and making strong allies. we needed do that around the world because the more people that we have on the same side or that were are strong allies, the more trade we have. and if we have trade, we will have less conflict. this will stabilize the refugee situation and have people stay in their countries. this is a good thing. >> congressman ted yoho, thanks for joining us. from you ha . >> you have a great day. another important business story broke. howard shuttle announcchultz ane
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open praising its owners for their flexibilities arntd promising consequences for companies that try to leach the united states. here are some highlights of the president-elect's speech. >> we had a tremendous love affair with the state of indiana because if you remember during the primaries, this was going to be the firewall. this was where they were going to stop trump, right? and that didn't work out too well. and we won by 16 points. and the election we just won by 20 points. almost 20 points. and that was some victory. that is pretty great. i'll never forget about a week ago, i was watching the nightly news. i won't say which one. because i don't want to give them credit because i don't like them much, i'll be honest. but her doing a story on carrier. and i say wow, that's something. i want to see that. and they had a gentleman, worker, great guy, handsome guy.
he was on. and it was like he didn't even know they were leaving. he said something to the effect, no, we're not leaving because donald trump promised us that we're not leaving. and i never thought i made that promise. not with carrier. i made it for everybody else. i didn't make it really for carrier. and i said what is he saying? and he was such a believer. he was such a great guy. he said i've been with donald trump from the beginning. and he made the statement that carrier is not going anywhere, they're not leaving. and i'm saying to myself, man, and then they played my statement. and i said carrier will never leave. but that was a euphemism. and then i said -- it was 6:30 in the evening. and i said, boy, the first thing i'm going to do is go there. do i call head of carrier who is
a great guy, but i've always learned i got to call the top. so i called greg hayes. i heard of him, but never have met him. and he picked up the phone. mr. president-elect, sir, how are you. wonderful to win, you know. think if i lost he wouldn't have returned my call. so i said greg, you got to help us out here. we got to do something. i said because we just can't let it happen. so many people are going to be buying carrier air conditioners. you know, we've had such help here. bobby knight, nobody at indiana ever heard of bobby knight. how great is bobby knight? how good is he as far as we're concerned in indiana, is that right? i just have to thank the people that i met back stage. incredible people. the spirit, the love. they're all crying. people saying do you think trump will build a wall? trust me, we will build a wall. and we will have doors in that wall, but they will come through legally. and people will come through on
worker permits to work the field. we will have a lot of phone calls made to companies when they say they're thinking about leaving this country because they're not leaving this country. >> all right. let's bring in our political experts. dana bash, this is clearly a big win for donald trump. he toured the factory, announced the jobs were staying put. more than 1,000 jobs. does this signal to his supporters an to the country for that matter that he is going to do what he said he would do during the campaign? >> it's a signal that he's going to try. and that is a huge thing for any politician to actually try to signal early on even before in this case the president-elect is inaugurated that he is going to keep a promise. one of the many, many fascinating parts of his event today was him talking about the behind the scenes story that he windchill
watched himself making a promise that he forgot he made and then trying to pick up the phone and act on it. is this orthodox? no, for somebody of his stature, to be pick up the phone and calling a ceo, but there is nothing orthodox about donald trump during the came pain and campaign and we shouldn't expect it when he's in the white house. and that is a major reason why they voted him to be president. >> david axelrod, how much credit does he deserve for this? >> obviously he and mike pence intervened, my guess is that peps o pence probably had something to do with this as well since the state of which he is the governor turned over $7 million of commitments for tax credits to make this thing happen. but look, this is a low hanging fruit that he grabbed. and it's -- the optics are good. it was a visible promise that he made. he was able to make good on that
promise or at least partially. can he manage the entire economy like that? no. this is a vast country, vast economy. you actually need macroeconomic policy. everything isn't picking up the phone and calling a head of a company. so he has a short term win here. and the challenges will be greater down the line. >> some were surprised that he spent the top of his speech talking more about himself, the presidential campaign, reminding everybody about indiana instead of making it all about the workers, the jobs, those kinds of speeches as you well know, they clearly worked well for him during the republican primaries. they certainly worked well in the general election. do you think he will continue this kind of strategy, will it continue to work for him as he transitions to becoming president of the united states? >> well, first of all, let me say anybody who was surprised by that must have been encamped on
mars for the last year and a half. because this is how every donald trump speech begins. and it begins with an oratory about donald trump. the question is down the line will people tire of that especially if he's not able to deliver on his promises. but look, he's on his victory tour here and, you know, i will cut him slack on that. he is still looking back. but pretty soon he will have to look forward. >> as you know, kevin madden, senator bernie sanders barbed the deal in an article he wrote saying trump has endangered the jobs of workers who were previously safe in the united states. why? because he has signaled to every corporation in america that they can threaten to offshore jobs in exchange for business friendly tax benefits and incentives. is that fair criticism? >> well, i would describe it as virtual criticism. bernie sanders has railed against outsourcing and
offshoring pretty regularly. he's sponsored legislation that would tax american companies that engage in the practice. and he also was a supporter of solyndra when solyndra was using tax credits to establish its business. and so there is a case to be made against donald trump. i don't think bernie sanders is really the person to be making it. >> mark press top, the president-elect now fwips his formal thank you tour as they're calling it fairly soon in cincinnati. a huge rally there, they have a big auditorium, big stadium, about 20,000 people might be able to fit in. we'll see how many actually show up. this could be seen as unconventional, but is it a new way for donald trump to deliver his message directly to the people to continue all these huge rallies? >> this is where donald trump found success during the campaign. in many ways he tried to by pass the media in the last few months of the campaign and go ougt and
hold these large rallies in important states that quite frankly helped him win the election in november. not only are we going to see this from donald trump i think moving forward, not every week, but i suspect he will go out and hold these really big rallies to try to connect with voters and to try to bypass the mainstream media, but he will also use social media. we've seen it time and time again. he did it all through the campaign. he's already done it in the first few week as tenure of being president-elect. if things start to turn south when it comes to his legislative goals, he will probably have to recalibrate what his thinking is. but i would think that we should expect to see more of this. >> and kevin, i think you agree it's probably smart strategy. he got energized during the campaign, a year and a half by all of those rallies. presumably these rallies as president-elect or as president will energize him, as well. >> he did. and also he has an ability now really drive the news cycle because he is the one that is
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we're pa back with our political experts as we await touchdo donald trump's first rally in cincinnati. dana bash, let's talk about the transition. we're told there are final four candidates for secretary of state including mitt romney. if trump decides to choose mitt romney, what do you think that says about the president-elect? >> well, it says that he can be -- let bygones be bygones more than anybody would have thought that he could. look, i think that he is somebody who really prides his loyalty, but he is somebody who can forgive. we have examples of that throughout his life and business. having said that, at this point because he's not just a businessman, it's not about his personal life, not like it's a friend, it's about a movement that feels that he would
betraying them, then that puts a whole other pressure point on donald trump which we obviously saw play out in public last week. they clearly had a good dinner. that came to us from sources on both sides -- both camps i should say. but people on capitol hill, the people who will be confirming this pick, more and more are saying the obvious easy way out for donald trump would be the guy who is the head of the foreign relations committee and that is senator bob corker. he's the one out of the four who would be the easiest to confirm and maybe the compromise pick of all the more controversial figures. >> you're absolutely right as far as sailing through the senate, senator corker would presumably sale right through. he sail right through. kevin mad den, i want you to listen to what newt beginning rich had to say about mitt
romney. >> you have never seen a serious adult who is wealthy, independent, presidential nominee suck up at the rate that mitt romney is sucking up. i am confident that he thinks now that donald trump is one of his closest friends, that they have so many things in common, that they're both such wise brilliant people. >> kevin, you worked with mitt romney in the 2012 campaign. you know him very well. when you hear that kind of talk from newt gingrich, what is your reaction? >> by first reaction is that governor romney was invited. this isn't something that governor romney sought ougt, d p dinner with donald trump. when newt gingrich dropped out in 2012 and romney became the nominee, newt gingrich said very nice things about governor romney, he offered a lot of good insight, insight that was very valuable for the campaign and i think that insight that governor
romney was very grateful for. so i think there are -- there will be criticism throughout this entire process, transitions tend to get like that. but i don't think governor romney worries about it and i don't think the transition folks are procedure eworried about it. in david axelrod, at this point in 2008 when the president-elect was barack obama, how far along was the obama transition because a lot of people are saying this current transition, donald trump's transition, is moving at a much more quick -- at a quicker pace. >> yeah, i think that that is true. and i was one who said early on when people said it wasn't moving fast enough that that was very unfair. the fact is that he's moving at a pretty rapid pace here. the question isn't about speed, it's about coherence and about optics. coherence in that you look at someone like governor romney who was very critical of vladimir putin and russia during his
campaign, and donald trump who has urged rapprochement with putin and russia. and on issues like that, where do these people cohere. in h there has been question on the part of donald trump on nato. so how these pieces fit together is one issue. the other is that at least in this case the secretary of state's deal has been treated much like a reality show where all the contestants get to parade before the cameras and it's a little bit odd. this piece of it has been strange relative to past transition processes. >> all right. everybody stick around, don't go too far away. we have more to assess. also coming up, vladimir putin once again signals he wants to work with donald trump, but is there an ulterior motive? whoa, this is awful, try it.
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sault st. ma vladamir putin has plenty to say about donald trump, leading observers of russian policy wondering if he's sincere or trying to manipulate the president-elect of the united states. let's bring in cnn's brian todd. what exactly is putin saying? >> reporter: he's saying he wants to normalize relations with the united states when donald trump takes office. but observers are saying putin may be trying to leverage a new and inexperienced president and advise the president to move
carefully. vladamir putin, the russian strong man and president, delivered his equivalent of the state of the union. tonight, they are combing through putin's words for hints how russia's relationship may change with the trump administration. >> translator: we count on uniting our efforts with the united states to fight a real, not a made up threat, which is international terrorism. >> reporter: the example he cited, russia's intervention in sere yachlt but there's a big difference there. putin's speech comes at a time when russia's relationship with america is at its lowest point since the cold war. but putin said it's important for the relationship to be on a mutual basis. experts say this is pure swagger from the russian president. >> he's trying to say we're coming now from a position of strength, and let's work together, but you have to respect us, and you can't talk
down to us and lecture us. >> reporter: putin feels embold emboldened. he brushed off as a myth that russia meddled in the election process in america. putin says they agreed the relationship has to be straightened out. one motive could be to get sanctioned lifted on russia after invading crimea. >> he chooses very carefully the setting, the environment, that he wants in place when he has a meeting with a foreign leader. whether that's bringing a dog to a meeting to scare angela merkel, or invading syria to have a different conversation about ukraine and sanctions with the new american administration. >> reporter: but some experts worry if trump acts impulsively or doesn't rely on solid advice,
he could be an easy target for manipulation. >> the former kgb agent watching trump's behavior is salivating, like this guy throwing a temper tantrum, undisciplined, can't stay focused. i think putin is thinking to himself, this is going to be an incredible god send for me. >> reporter: we asked president-elect trump's transition team for a response to that. we did not hear back. analysts say putin has a short window to win concessions from the new american president. they point to president obama's attempt to reset with russia early in his administration. and george w. bush saying he looked putin in the eye and got a sense of his soul. it wasn't long before putin and both of those american presidents could and stand each other. wolf? >> putin is likely, we're told, likely trying to play to a domestic audience in russia, as well. >> reporter: that's right. the russian economy is decimated by sangions, and analysts say putin wants to signal to his
people he's still the best bet as president, but most people agree, vladamir putin's not in any danger of losing his next election in two years. >> brian todd reporting. thank you very much. the breaking news next. we're standing by for donald trump's first post election rally. stick around. we'll be right back.
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